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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Aug 28, 2010 6:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dates of 'Little Ears' Deals?

...Surprised that I can't find this topic previously discussed here. It was a point of many an interested discussion back in the '80s.
Y'all know what I'm talking 'bout?
Were(n't) the 'little ears' Deals better?
Favorite dates?

This week's Taper Section selection, Hampton 5/1/81 (*thanks again David**), brought this to mind.
BTW, 6/18/83, to me, is the exception that proves my point.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Aug 29, 2010 1:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates of 'Little Ears' Deals?

Just when I thought I knew it all, I hear a new term. What is a "little ears" Deal?

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Aug 29, 2010 7:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates of 'Little Ears' Deals?

"..burn off both your(*little*) ears...." See, for instance the post http://www.archive.org/post/304364/what-a-deal where grendelschoice described 1 version thus"

"Been a while since I chimed in, but just had to share my joy at this fantastic "Deal" from what i think is a fairly overlooked show (played one night after my all-time favorite.)

You KNOW Garcia's into a "Deal" when he spices up the lines with "...burn off both your little ears" and "...watch each card you play children, and PLEASE, play it slow!"...this version also features a flowing, ripping musical bridge sequence and a flurry of "don't you let that deal go down" verses at the end...and Weir actually helps charge that section along beautifully.

Hope you dig it as much as I did!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-30.sbd.miller.99838.sbeok.flac16"

Hope this clarifies - enjoy!

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Poster: Jim F Date: Aug 29, 2010 10:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates of 'Little Ears' Deals?

Oh, haha I don't know how I didn't think of that. Thanks!

I guess I just don't listen to Deal all that much these days. And I've never really been a big fan of the various years when they really got it cookin'. Honestly I rarely if ever listen to 1st sets or "1st set material" in general these days, especially any from the 80's. I find whenever I pull out any GD, it's pretty rare I take the time to listen to a full show. I usually just listen to the jams. The "songs" are all good and well, I love 'em all too, but my favorite thing about the Dead has always been the heavily improvised material. Or perhaps after 20 years or whatever I just can't take too many more versions of Promised Land and Tennessee Jed and all those other songs that are great songs but were played hundreds of times.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Aug 28, 2010 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates of 'Little Ears' Deals?

Oh, The 80's... haha... Cell Phones, IPods, oh wait wrong decade. Try this and you might feel better...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-09.nak700.glassberg.motb.82372.sbeok.flac16

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